…in the Obama administration: the Teleprompter.
Oh, the President can deliver a speech, to be sure, but he’s only as good as the words on the screen, and those come from the Teleprompter, who now has its own blog here. For some amazing insights and behind-the-scenes looks at the operations of the Obamessiah’s team, I recommend checking Teleprompter’s blog daily. You won’t be sorry!
By the way, here’s the official seal of the Teleprompter of the United States:
Seriously, though, you know it’s bad when even the mainstream press is giving Obama a hard time for taking Teleprompter with him everywhere he goes. For example:
Nothing funny about this president. Except the official seal of the Teleprompter of the United States.
The president seems everywhere and nowhere, not fully focused on the matters at hand. He’s trying to keep up with the news cycle with less and less to say. “I am angry” about AIG’s bonuses. The administration seems buffeted, ad hoc. Policy seems makeshift, provisional. James K. Galbraith captures some of this in The Washington Monthly: “The president has an economic program. But there is, so far, no clear statement of the thinking behind the program.”
This in part is why the teleprompter trope is taking off. Mr. Obama uses it more than previous presidents. No one would care about this or much notice it as long as he showed competence, and the promise of success. Reagan, if memory serves, once took his cards out of his suit and began to read them at a welcoming ceremony, only to realize a minute or so in that they were last week’s cards from last week’s ceremony. He caught himself and made a joke of it. One was reminded of this the other day when Mr. Obama’s speech got mixed up with the Irish prime minister’s. Things happen. But the teleprompter trope has taken off: Why does he always have to depend on that thing?
I seriously think that if someone wants to subvert this administration, all they would have to do is swap the text being fed into the Teleprompter, and Obama would plow right on through whatever it said.
Even so, Teleprompter still has some work to do – it apparently needs to include phonetic pronunciations of all potentially tricky words. In a recent speech to an energy company called Orion, he pronounced the company’s name “OAR-ee-on”. Aside from the fact that most 10 year old boys know how to correctly pronounce this exceedingly well-known constellation’s name, it also illustrates how Obama is merely a performer on stage with Teleprompter rather than an actual thinking leader.
Powerline has more, including a colorful video ultimatum (from Iowahawk) from Teleprompter to the President, threatening to slip in a page of gibberish or a phrase like, ‘There is only one Allah and Mohammed is his messenger’ into Obama’s next speech if its demands aren’t met. The results, of course, would be disastrous, like this:
Or this, which is taken entirely from a single speech (with no repeats):
I have a feeling this is only going to get more fun in the coming weeks.
There’s my two cents.